Report: Cavs Leaning Towards’ Selecting Jabari Parker With No. 1 Pick

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With Joel Embiid no longer in play for the No. 1 pick, draft experts are interested what the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to do with the top choice.

The Cavs and owner Dan Gilbert are looking to win now and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com is reporting that Cleveland is leaning towards selecting Jabari Parker at No. 1.

With Joel Embiid’s foot surgery, and the reported 4-6 month recovery that comes with it, the Cavs are said to be leaning toward Duke’s Jabari Parker with the No. 1 pick. Parker is more NBA-ready than Andrew Wiggins, who would go to the Bucks at No. 2. Rival executives believe it would be out of character for Cleveland GM David Griffin to trade the top pick, and believe Bucks GM John Hammond would be hard-pressed to deviate from the other consensus top player in the draft after Embiid’s injury shook up the top of the lottery.

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